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Three 'Dresden' Sonatas

By Antonio Montanari

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Violin and basso continuo
Composed by Antonio Montanari. Edited by Michael Talbot. Full score and parts. 23+12+8(xii) pages. Duration 20 minutes. Published by Edition HH Music Publishers (HH.HH114-FSP).

Item Number: HH.HH114-FSP
ISBN 1-904229-67-0.

Few of Montanari's compositions survive, but they suffice to show that he was a composer of rare ability and originality. Among them are three short violin sonatas brought back to Dresden in 1717 by the German violinist Johann Georg Pisendel, who had briefly taken lessons with him. These are loosely describable as chamber sonatas, but make technical and expressive demands well beyond the average. One sonata even ends with an unaccompanied gigue that is a rare example of its kind for Italy. Clearly, Montanari deserves to be rescued from his present neglect. The three 'Dresden' sonatas published together in this volume are believed to be the first-ever modern edition of any of his chamber music.